By then, Jordan had won four of them, and his season should have put a fifth on his mantle. The voters disagreed, and the trophy went to Karl Malone, whom Jordan would meet in those '97 Finals. As he admitted in "The Last Dance," he was none too pleased with the voters' decision. That's fine, no problem. Jordan proved his point in the series, ultimately winning the far more important Finals MVP trophy, but it got us thinking: Where does Jordan's snub stand in the history of MVP mistakes?
Keep in mind that until the season, the award was voted on by players. Thereafter, it was determined by media. Poor Kareem had a few factors working against him here. First, the Celtics won 68 games that season and the players who voted on the MVP award at the time clearly wanted to reward someone from that all-time great regular-season team.
Second, Abdul-Jabbar had won the MVP in the previous two seasons, so there was apparently some voter fatigue at work here. But let's be honest, Kareem deserved this MVP. The Bucks won 60 games that season, so it's not like he was putting up huge stats for a mediocre team. You could even make a strong argument that Cowens wasn't even the best player on his own team, as John Havlicek outpaced him in points per game, win shares and true shooting percentage.
This wasn't the only time Kareem was robbed of MVP honors, but it was certainly the most egregious. Rose led James by 0. That's it. Why is the first paragraph so much longer than the second? But James forfeited any realistic chance at winning the award the moment he declared his intentions to take his talents to South Beach. The appalled sportswriters that spent the next several months clutching their pearls over an athlete having the audacity to leave his hometown team were the same ones who voted for Rose, Chicago's hometown hero, to win this fraudulent award.
Yes, he was the best player on a win team, but he was hardly the only person responsible for that success. Chicago won behind the No. The offense that he led was ranked only 11th. The Bulls were so good defensively that they were only 2. This was a completely narrative-driven award. That isn't to say that James was a slam dunk. Howard, as the Defensive Player of the Year and anchor of a win outfit with a truly abysmal Magic supporting cast, had a real case.
All we can say for certain is that Rose should not have won the award. There is virtually no argument in his favor. One man averaged over 50 points per game. Another man was the first NBA player to ever average a triple-double a feat that wasn't duplicated for 55 years , and also averaged over 30 points in the process.
Neither of those men won MVP following the season. The players voted on the award, and it is perhaps the highest sign of respect for Russell, who to this day is venerated for his willingness to put team success over individual stats. But come on.
Robertson actually received the second-most first-place votes with 13, and Chamberlain received a paltry nine compared to Russell's overwhelming majority of 51 first-place votes. You can, of course, point to winning -- the Celtics won 60 games that season, while Chamberlain's Philadelphia Warriors had 49 and Robertson's Cincinnati Royals won 43 -- but if you're talking about being valuable, you really can't top Chamberlain's season, which resulted in the fourth-highest single-season win share total in NBA history.
With Shaquille O'Neal in his second season in Miami and the Lakers not expected to be title contenders, we knew we were in for some fireworks from Bryant -- and he certainly provided them. His He had two of the most prolific scoring games in league history, first by scoring 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks , then by dropping an unconscionable 81 points against the Toronto Raptors a month later.
Here's a look at the other Lakers who averaged over 15 minutes per game that season:. If you put Nash, or almost anyone else in the league at that point, with that group, they're not winning 45 games. Nash getting the MVP over Kobe looked even worse as Bryant and the Lakers pushed the Suns to a seventh game in the first round of the playoffs, with Kobe hitting a game-winner at the buzzer in Game 4 to take a lead. Kobe won his lone MVP two seasons later and, as we'll discuss in this piece, he probably didn't deserve that one.
But he certainly deserved the award in , so I guess everything evens out. Michael Jordan wasn't competing against Karl Malone for this trophy. He was competing against Michael Jordan. Consider the following:. In , Michael Jordan averaged Jordan nearly won the '96 MVP award unanimously. But he slipped by an almost imperceptible amount a year later, and Malone's numbers improved a similar rate.
Somehow, that was enough to swing one of the most lopsided MVP votes ever all the way to Malone. I call shenanigans. Voters were simply sick of voting for Jordan, so they used his very, very slight decline to justify finding another winner. They landed on Malone, and ironically did so a year early. He had a much stronger case against Jordan in Voters were just so ashamed of themselves for the debacle that they gave the trophy to Jordan as an apology.
Shaq was coming off a MVP campaign and his stats took a slight dip, so perhaps that's why the media felt the need to give the award to Iverson, who led the league in scoring and steals for a Philadelphia 76ers team that finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. But O'Neal did absolutely nothing to lose the award -- in fact, he should have won it after leading the Lakers to 56 wins, the same total as the Sixers, but instead received just seven first-place votes compared to Iverson's Sure, Iverson averaged more points, but he played more minutes per game than Shaq with a much higher usage rate As you could imagine, O'Neal destroyed Iverson from an efficiency standpoint.
Shaq led the league by shooting 57 percent from the field compared to Iverson's 42 percent. Even if you factor in O'Neal's substandard free throw shooting, he still had a comfortable lead on Iverson in true shooting percentage, This was a clear case of narrative getting in the way of logic, as the 76ers jumped from third place in the Atlantic Division the previous year to leading the East, while the Lakers fell from 67 wins in to 56 in As fate would have it, the two superstars would meet in the NBA Finals that postseason, with the 76ers handing the Lakers their only playoff loss in Game 1, thanks to 48 points from Iverson.
Shaq took home Finals MVP honors with averages of 33 points, Unseld holds two important distinctions in NBA history. On December 20, , Bryant scored 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks. Entering the fourth quarter, Bryant outscored the entire Mavericks team 62—61, the only time a player has done this through three quarters since the introduction of the shot clock. On January 22, , Bryant scored a career-high 81 points in a — victory against the Toronto Raptors. Later in the season, it was reported that Bryant would change his jersey number from 8 to 24 at the start of the —07 season.
Bryant's first high school number was 24 before he switched to They came within six seconds of eliminating the second-seeded Suns in Game 6, however, they lost that game — in overtime. During the —07 season , Bryant was selected to his ninth All-Star Game appearance, and on February 18, he logged 31 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals, earning his second career All-Star Game MVP trophy. The basis given for the suspension was that Bryant had performed an "unnatural motion" in swinging his arm backward.
On March 16, Bryant scored a season-high 65 points in a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers , which helped end the Lakers 7-game losing streak. This was the second-best scoring performance of his year career. Smith 's radio program, Bryant expressed anger over a Lakers "insider" who claimed that Bryant was responsible for Shaquille O'Neal 's departure from the team, and publicly stated, "I want to be traded.
On December 23, , Bryant became the youngest player 29 years, days to reach 20, points, in a game against the New York Knicks , in Madison Square Garden , after scoring 39 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 8 assists. On March 28, Bryant scored a season-high 53 points to go with 10 rebounds in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite an injury to his shooting hand's small finger, described as "a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament , an avulsion fracture , and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint" that occurred in a game on February 5, , Bryant played all 82 games of the regular season instead of opting for surgery.
Regarding his injury, he stated, "I would prefer to delay any surgical procedure until after our Lakers season, and this summer's Olympic Games. But, this is an injury that myself [ sic ] and the Lakers' medical staff will just have to continue to monitor on a day-to-day basis. I'm very proud to represent this organization, to represent this city.
Stern stated, "Kobe deserved it. He's had just another great season. Doesn't surprise me one bit. The Lakers concluded the —08 regular season with a 57—25 record, finishing first in the Western Conference and setting up themselves for a first-round contest against the Nuggets. In Game 1, Bryant, who said he made himself a decoy through most of the game, scored 18 of his 32 points in the final eight minutes to keep Los Angeles safely ahead.
In the —09 season , the Lakers opened the campaign by winning their first seven games. He was selected to his 11th consecutive All-Star Game as a starter,  and was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for December and January in addition to being named Western Conference Player of the week three times. In the playoffs , the Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz in five games and the Houston Rockets in seven games in the opening two rounds.
The Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in five games. During the —10 season , Bryant made six game-winning shots including a buzzer-beating , one-legged 3-pointer against the Miami Heat on December 4, Bryant suffered multiple injuries throughout the season and as a result, missed nine games. The Lakers began the playoffs as the number one seed in the Western Conference against the Oklahoma City Thunder ,  eventually defeating them in six games.
In Game 2, Bryant finished the game with 13 assists, setting a new playoff career-high; it was the most assists by a Laker in the playoffs since Magic Johnson had 13 in Bryant wanted a sixth championship to match Jordan's total.
Bryant stated that he was open to discussing the matter with gay rights groups and wanted to appeal his fine. Bryant received experimental platelet-rich plasma therapy called Orthokine in Germany to treat the pain on his left knee and ankle,   and Mike Brown replaced the retired Jackson as coach of the Lakers in the off-season. Bryant began the season playing with an injured wrist.
In the last game of the regular season, against Sacramento, he chose not to go for a possible third NBA scoring title, having needed 38 points to surpass Kevin Durant. On November 2, , Bryant scored 40 points with two steals, and he passed Magic Johnson 1, as the Lakers career leader in steals.
However, the Lakers lost the game to the Clippers and started the season 0—3 for the first time in 34 years and just the fourth time in franchise history. Bryant was leading the league in scoring through much of the first 42 games. He missed a triple-double in each game with nine rebounds twice and eight in the other.
With the Lakers fighting to secure the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference , coupled with injuries on the team, Bryant began playing almost all 48 minutes each game. His injury came while he was playing seven consecutive quarters and at least 40 minutes for seven consecutive games. The year-old Bryant was averaging his most minutes Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak had spoken to Bryant about his extensive playing time 10 days earlier, but Bryant insisted the minutes needed to continue given the Lakers' playoff push.
However, The New York Times called his leading of the Lakers back into playoff contention "perhaps some of the finest work of his career. Bryant's assists were the second-highest of his career and his field goal percentage was its highest since — Playing without Bryant, the Lakers were swept in four games by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
Bryant resumed practicing in November , after the — season had already begun. On December 17, Bryant matched his season high of 21 points in a 96—92 win over Memphis, but he suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee that was expected to sideline him for six weeks. Bryant did not feel he was deserving of the selection, and some likened it to a career achievement award for his past performance. At the time, the team was 22—42 and tied for the worst record in the Western Conference.
The Lakers finished 27—55 and missed the playoffs for the first time since Bryant returned for the —15 season , his 19th season with the Lakers,  who had replaced D'Antoni with Bryant's former Lakers teammate, Byron Scott. After recovering to play in the —16 preseason,  Bryant suffered a calf injury and missed the final two weeks of exhibition games. Bryant scored just four points in 25 minutes on 1-for shooting, matching the worst-shooting game of his career in which he attempted at least five shots.
On November 29, , Bryant announced via The Players' Tribune that he would be retiring at the end of the season. My love for this city, this team and for each of you will never fade. Thank you for this incredible journey. At the time of his announcement, he was second on the team in minutes And I feel good about that", he said. Bryant requested that opposing teams on the road not hold any on-court ceremonies in his honor or present him any gifts in public.
On February 3, Bryant made seven three-pointers and scored a then season-high 38 points, including 14 of the team's 18 points in the last of the game, for a — win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The win ended a game losing streak, and the Lakers averted establishing the longest losing streak in franchise history.
Having moved to small forward that season, Bryant was selected as a frontcourt starter for the first time. In the season finale on April 13, Bryant scored an NBA season-high 60 points against Utah in his last NBA game, outscoring the entire Jazz team 23—21 in the fourth quarter, in the Lakers' —96 victory. Bryant declined to play in the Olympics because he was getting married in the off-season. Bryant's United States national team career finally began in Bryant averaged Bryant scored 20 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, along with six assists, as Team USA defeated Spain — in the gold medal game on August 24, , for its first gold medal in a worldwide competition since the Olympics.
Bryant rejoined the national team for the Summer Olympics. Bryant primarily played as a shooting guard. Bryant established a reputation for taking shots in the closing moments of tight games,    even when he was double or triple-teamed,  and was noted as one of the premier closers in the NBA. When his shot is off, Kobe will pound away relentlessly until his luck turns.
In addition to his abilities on offense, Bryant also established himself as a standout defensive player. Bryant was also lauded for his work ethic. It was as if the other players were now his partners, not his personal spear-carriers.
Bryant was called "one of the greatest players in the history of our game" by NBA commissioner Adam Silver ,  and The New York Times wrote that he had "one of the most decorated careers in the history of the sport. With career averages of He scored at least 50 points 24 times in his career, which is third in league history behind Jordan 31 and Chamberlain ;  six times Bryant scored at least He led the Lakers to two more championships in and , winning the Finals MVP award on both occasions.
Designed by Bryant himself, the black jersey features a snakeskin pattern with yellow accents and 16 stars representing the team's 16 championships. In Game 2 win against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals, Anthony Davis made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and yelled Bryant's name, while wearing the team was wearing the 'Black Mamba' jerseys. For us to honor him, being on the floor, this is what it's all about.
Source: . Bryant was the youngest of three children. He grew up with two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya, and had a close relationship with them until his death. In November , year-old Bryant met year-old Vanessa Laine while she was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video "G'd Up". The two began dating and became engaged six months later in May ,  while Laine was still a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach , California.
To avoid media scrutiny, she finished high school through independent study. Laila said Bryant "loved her too much for one". They married on April 18, , at St. Bryant's parents were opposed to the marriage for a number of reasons. Reportedly Bryant's parents had problems with him marrying so young, especially to a woman who was not African-American. The Bryants' first daughter was born in January Due to an ectopic pregnancy , Vanessa suffered a miscarriage in the spring of Bryant was a practicing Catholic.
He said his faith and a priest helped him through difficult times, such as the period following his accusation of rape. A Catholic cantor said she was inspired by Bryant's faith, and the respect that he showed her. Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, received the Eucharist together just hours before they died.
Bryant was multilingual. He was fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. In , Bryant had a legal disagreement with an auction house over memorabilia from his early years that his mother had put up for auction. However, Bryant's lawyers asked the auction house to return the items. Bryant's parents apologized to him for the misunderstanding in a written statement, and appreciated the financial support he had given them over the years.
In the summer of , the sheriff's office of Eagle, Colorado , arrested Bryant in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint filed by a year-old hotel employee. The accuser stated that Bryant raped her in his hotel room the night before Bryant was to have the procedure. Bryant admitted to an adulterous sexual encounter with his accuser but denied her sexual assault allegation.
The accusation tarnished Bryant's reputation, and the public's perception of him plummeted; his endorsement contracts with McDonald's and Nutella were terminated. Sales for Bryant's replica jersey fell significantly. Afterward, Bryant agreed to apologize to her for the incident, including his public mea culpa :  . Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did.
After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter. The accuser filed a separate lawsuit against Bryant, which the two sides settled privately.
Many companies like McDonald's and Ferrero SpA terminated his contracts when rape allegations against him became public. In a video promoting Nike's Hyperdunk shoes, Bryant appears to jump over a speeding Aston Martin. The stunt was considered to be fake, and the Los Angeles Times said a real stunt would probably be a violation of Bryant's Lakers contract.
However, it was not for anything basketball related; rather, it was about Bryant being a big fan of FC Barcelona. On December 13, , Bryant signed a two-year endorsement deal with Turkey's national airline, Turkish Airlines. The deal involved Bryant being in a promotional film to be aired in over 80 countries in addition to his being used in digital, print and billboard advertising. In the airline's latest commercial, the duo competes to win the attention of a young boy.
The group was signed by Sony Entertainment , but the company's ultimate goal was to eliminate the group and have Bryant record on his own. The label wanted to capitalize on Bryant's youth and NBA fame. Bryant even appeared on Lakers teammate O'Neal's Respect , starting the track "3 X's Dope", though Bryant's name was not listed on the credits. Sony pushed Bryant from his roots of underground hip hop into a more radio-friendly sound. His debut album, Visions , was scheduled to release in the spring of The first single, "K.
E'", featured supermodel Tyra Banks singing the hook. Sony abandoned plans for the album, which was never released, and dropped Bryant later that year. The Sony president who originally signed Bryant had already left, and Bryant's other backers had mostly abandoned him. Afterward, Bryant co-founded an independent record label, Heads High Entertainment, but it folded within a year. The song was also used by Sprite in its marketing campaign in China. In , rapper Lil Wayne released a song called "Kobe Bryant".
Bryant made his acting debut in , appearing in an episode of Moesha. He met the show's star, Brandy , earlier in the year at a Nike All-Star basketball game, and then a couple of months later in May , Brandy was Bryant's date to his high school senior prom. In , he appeared on an episode of Hang Time , this was followed by a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That Bryant was also the first choice for the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee 's film He Got Game , but he turned down the role, saying "this summer is too big for me.
In , Bryant became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and the first former professional athlete to be nominated and to win an Academy Award in any category for his film Dear Basketball. It featured his insights into the game of basketball and in-depth analyses of games and individual players. Its goals are "helping young people in need, encouraging the development of physical and social skills through sports and assisting the homeless".
Bryant spoke of the injustice aimed at homeless people who are blamed for their situation, saying that homelessness should not be ignored or made a low priority. Bryant said he wanted more out of life than just a successful basketball career. Bryant established Kobe Inc. The headquarters are in Newport Beach, California. In , Bryant launched a production company called Granity Studios , which developed different media, ranging from films to television shows and novels. The book looks back on his career with photos and his reflections.
At the time of his death, he was working with Brazilian author Paulo Coelho on a children's book aimed at inspiring underprivileged children. After Bryant's death, Coelho deleted the draft, saying in an interview that "it didn't make any sense to publish without him. Due to light rain and fog that morning, the Los Angeles Police Department helicopters  and most other air traffic were grounded.
Zoo due to heavy air traffic in the area. Bryant, his daughter, and the other seven occupants were killed. The cause of the crash is still unknown, as the helicopter was not equipped with a black box. The following day, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner stated that the official cause of death for him and the eight others on the helicopter was blunt force trauma. The NBA had postponed the Lakers' game against the Clippers just two days after the accident on January 28 — the first time an NBA game had been postponed for any reason since the Boston Marathon bombing led to the postponement of a Celtics game.
The next day, the Lakers played their first game after the crash against the Trail Blazers. Ahead of the match, the Lakers paid tribute to Bryant and all who lost their lives in the crash with a ceremony held just before tip off, with Usher singing " Amazing Grace " and Boyz II Men singing the National Anthem, while Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth reunited to perform " See You Again " — originally their tribute to Paul Walker after his death while filming Furious 7 — at halftime.
James also delivered a speech to the crowd before the game, and every player in the Lakers starting lineup was announced with Bryant's name. Also, beginning with the Spurs and the Raptors in their game in San Antonio on the day of the crash, teams paid tribute to Bryant at the start of their games with intentional on-court violations referring to his uniform numbers on their first possession — either a second shot clock or an 8-second backcourt violation.
Fans were upset at the omission, especially as actors Naya Rivera and Chadwick Boseman had been featured prominently in both;     after Rivera and Boseman's unexpected deaths in July and August , the three young black celebrities were popularly compared. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American basketball player. For other uses, see Black mamba disambiguation. Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers in See also: List of career achievements by Kobe Bryant.
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Kobe's jumper at OT buzzer lifts Lakers over Bucks , sports.
The proceeds went to the United Negro College Fund , and Johnson held this event for twenty years, ending in Magic Johnson joined Shaquille O'Neal and celebrity coach Spike Lee to lead the blue team to a — victory over the white team, which was coached by Arsenio Hall.
Let's leave it at that. The Lakers finished the season on a ten-game losing streak, and Johnson's final record as a head coach was 5— At the age of 36, Johnson attempted another comeback as a player when he re-joined the Lakers during the —96 NBA season. During his retirement, Johnson began intense workouts to help his fight against HIV, raising his bench press from to pounds, and increasing his weight to pounds.
Coming off the bench, Johnson had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists to help the Lakers to a — victory. Cedric Ceballos , upset over a reduction in his playing time after Johnson's arrival, left the team for several days. Johnson was publicly critical of Van Exel, saying his actions were "inexcusable.
He also missed several games due to a calf injury. Although they were facing the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets , the Lakers had home court advantage in the five-game series. The Lakers played poorly in a Game 1 loss, prompting Johnson to express frustration with his role in coach Del Harris ' offense.
After the Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs ,  Johnson initially expressed a desire to return to the team for the —97 NBA season , but he also talked about joining another team as a free agent, hoping to see more playing time at point guard instead of power forward. Although he played in a celebrity game to honor coach Jud Heathcoate in ,  this was Johnson's first meaningful game played in his hometown of Lansing in 22 years.
Playing in front of a sold-out arena, Johnson had a triple-double and played the entire game, but his all-star team lost to the Spartans by two points. Johnson's half court shot at the buzzer would have won the game, but it fell short.
Playing with the Canberra Cannons of Australia's National Basketball League instead of his usual group of players, Johnson's team defeated the Spartans —85, as he scored 12 points, with 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Johnson asserted that for him, the game regular season was composed of 80 normal games, and two Lakers—Celtics games.
Similarly, Bird admitted that Johnson's daily box score was the first thing he checked in the morning. Despite their on-court rivalry, Johnson and Bird became close friends during the filming of a Converse shoe advertisement that depicted them as enemies. The book detailed their on-court rivalry and friendship with one another. Johnson introduced a fast-paced style of basketball called " Showtime ", described as a mix of "no-look passes off the fastbreak , pin-point alley-oops from halfcourt , spinning feeds and overhand bullets under the basket through triple teams.
Then one of our guys catches the ball and scores, and I run back up the floor convinced that he must've thrown it through somebody. The franchise reached an agreement with free agent LeBron James on a four-year contract in , but efforts to trade for Anthony Davis during the —19 season proved unsuccessful. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during Johnson's executive tenure. Johnson first fathered a son in , when Andre Johnson was born to Melissa Mitchell.
Although Andre was raised by his mother, he visited Johnson each summer, and later worked for Magic Johnson Enterprises as a marketing director. Johnson is a Christian  and has said his faith is "the most important thing" in his life. The game was played at a gym inside Fort McNair , and reporters covering the president were not allowed to enter. The basketball game was part of festivities organized to celebrate Obama's 49th birthday.
Magic Johnson had an extremely close relationship with Lakers owner Jerry Buss , whom he saw as a mentor and a father figure. Speaking to media just hours after Buss had died, Johnson was emotional, saying, "Without Dr. Jerry Buss, there is no Magic. In addition to playing 13 seasons for the Lakers and coaching the team briefly in , Johnson also had an ownership stake in the team for nearly twenty years. Buss took a special interest in Johnson, introducing him to important Los Angeles business contacts and showing him how the Lakers organization was run, before eventually selling Johnson a stake in the team in Buss supported Johnson as he revealed his diagnosis of HIV in , and he never hesitated to keep Johnson close to the organization, bringing him in as part-owner, and even as a coach.
Johnson had never seriously considered coaching, but he agreed to take the head coaching position with the Lakers in at Buss' request. Although Johnson's retirement prior to the —93 NBA season voided this contract, Buss insisted that he still be paid.
In , his production company Magic Johnson Entertainment signed a deal with Fox. Johnson began thinking of life after basketball while still playing with the Lakers. He wondered why so many athletes had failed at business, and sought advice. Ovitz encouraged him to start reading business magazines and to use every connection available to him.
Johnson learned everything he could about business, often meeting with corporate executives during road trips. Johnson has become a leading voice on how to invest in urban communities, creating redevelopment opportunities in underserved areas, most notably through his movie theaters and his partnership with Starbucks.
He went to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz with the idea that he could successfully open the coffee shops in urban areas. After showing Schultz the tremendous buying power of minorities, Johnson was able to purchase Starbucks stores, which reported higher than average per capita sales. Johnson sold his remaining interest in the stores back to the company in , ending a successful twelve-year partnership. In , Johnson and Earl Graves Sr. PepsiCo bottling operation, making it the company's largest minority-owned facility in the U.
He also held the title of team vice president. In the wake of the Donald Sterling controversy, limited media reports indicated that Johnson had expressed an interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers franchise. He is an investor for aXiomatic eSports, the ownership company of Team Liquid. While Johnson is considered the leader of the ownership group, the controlling owner is Mark Walter, chief executive officer for Guggenheim Partners.
Johnson is a supporter of the Democratic Party. In , he publicly endorsed Phil Angelides for Governor of California ,  in he supported Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign ,  and in he endorsed Barbara Boxer in her race for re-election to the U.
After announcing his infection in November , Johnson created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV,  although he later diversified the foundation to include other charitable goals. Johnson left after eight months, saying that the White House had "utterly ignored" the work of the panel, and had opposed the commission's recommendations, which included universal healthcare and the expansion of Medicaid to cover all low-income people with AIDS. HIV had been associated with intravenous drug users and homosexuals,  but Johnson's campaigns sought to show that the risk of infection was not limited to those groups.
Johnson's autobiography is Johnson, Earvin Magic Johnson: My Life. Random House. Other biographies include:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American professional basketball player. Two moments of Johnson during his tour with the All-Stars to Argentina in January left greeting a local player; right hugging soccer superstar Diego Maradona.
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Unfortunately for Durant, Curry is his in-house competition. Candidates: James, Durant and Curry. Russell Westbrook: The Thunder are good, but for them to be truly relevant, Westbrook may need to repeat his —17 triple-double heroics. Not happening. The Boston Celtics: In addition to killing team chemistry, it turns out that having too many players kills MVP chances too. Sorry, Kyrie Irving. You bet. Walker is a stone-cold assassin. Unfortunately, his Hornets will remain mediocre no matter how bright his star shines.
Jokic has triple-double ability on any given night. He may no longer be a top-five player in the league, or even the best player on his team, but he could certainly prove most valuable. If he ever gets a three-point shot, Antetokounmpo will hoist way more than one MVP trophy. The Huddle imagines what the free agent megastar has to say about his next move. In a league obsessed with the 3-point shot, Milwaukee is encouraging teams to shoot their way out of the game.
A rising NBA salary cap has put more mediocre players in a once exclusive club. The three-point shot has become too easy. This teenage hoops talent already has the skills to score in the NBA. The new-look New Orleans Pelicans are playing even faster than their league-leading pace. Facebook Twitter Love this? December 21, Sign up for the weekly newsletter!
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